Holidays in Dodecanese Islands

    The Dodecanese islands are located on the south eastern side of Greece, between Cyclades and the coasts of Turkey. Less popular than Cyclades and with a different style, these greek islands distinguish for their Medieval architecture and the peaceful beaches. The most popular islands of Dodecanese Greece are Rhodes and Kos, while Karpathos is also getting famous over the last years. Kalymnos is developing as a rock climbing destination, Leros is a diving destination, while Patmos is famous for its spiritual character. The rest islands of Dodecanese, smaller in size, are considered more alternative holiday destinations. This Dodecanese islands travel guide will give you all the necessary information to organize your holiday in Greece.

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    Travel guide to the Dodecanese, Greece

    Located on the south eastern side of the Aegean Sea, the island group of Dodecanese, in Greece, are getting very popular for summer holidays. Due to the long Venetian occupation, these islands have a strong Medieval style and many interesting monuments. Rhodes and Kos are the most popular islands of the group, while Karpathos and Patmos are also gradually developing without losing their original character though. The rest of the islands are more quiet and truly relaxing.

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    Dodecanese islands is a group of Greek islands geographically located on the south eastern side of the Aegean Sea, close to the borders with Turkey. The name Dodecanese actually means twelve islands in Greek, as this is the number of the largest islands of the complex. The most popular islands are: Rhodes island, Kos island and Karpathos island. Our Dodecanese islands travel guide will give you all the necessary tourist information to organize your holidays in these islands of Greece.

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    Here is the Dodecanese islands travel guide that we have prepared. Each guide is complete and includes information on beaches, villages, museums, churches and interesting sights on every island. Also check our large collection of photos, 360 pictures, videos and maps. Although Rhodes and Kos are the most popular islands of Dodecanese, we suggest a trip to the less known islands to get a better view of this amazing complex.

    • Astypalea
    • Halki
    • Kalymnos
    • Karpathos
    • Kos
    • Leros
    • Lipsi
    • Nisyros
    • Patmos
    • Rhodes
    • Simi
    • Tilos


    Rhodes and Kos are the islands with the most luxurious resorts in Dodecanese. Accommodations in the other islands are more traditional with simple facilities. Here are the accommodation that we suggest in the Dodecanese islands, including hotels, villas and studios. Each accommodation is presented with photos, detailed text and Google map.


    Patmos Town in Dodecanese islands

    The architecture of villages in Dodecanese do not have the bright colors of the Cyclades islands. They have more earthy colors and their architecture is Medieval, with strong Venetian castles on top of hills and old towns with paved streets, arches and elegant mansions. The Old Town of Rhodes is the most famous village and among the best-preserved Medieval towns in Europe. Many seaside villages are tourist developed, while the mountainous villages keep their traditional character intact. Very interesting villages to visit, apart from Rhodes Town, are Lindos in Rhodes, Olympos in Karpathos, Zia in Kos, Skala in Patmos and Chorio in Simi. View our travel guide of Dodecanese villages and find information about some of the most beautiful villages of Greece.


    Lindos beach in Rhodes island, Dodecanese islands

    The beaches in Dodecanese islands stand out for their relaxing atmosphere and the crystal water. Some beaches are organized, while others are secluded. However, they are all clean and each one offers something special to visitors. The busiest beaches are found in Rhodes and Kos, while the island of Karpathos has the most exotic waters with a fabulous dark blue color. The beaches in the rest of the group are peaceful and great for families. If you like sports, windsurfing is widely practiced in certain spots of Rhodes, Kos and Karpathos. View our travel guide of Dodecanese beaches and find information about some of the best beaches in Greece.

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